Burton Albion have signed teenage defender Jevan Anderson on a one-year contract. The 19-year-old, who most recently played for Highland League side Formartine United, had a trial with the League One club earlier this year and did enough to convince first team manager Nigel Clough to sign on at the Pirelli Stadium.
Anderson comes from a footballing family himself with his father Russell Anderson an ex-player at Sunderland, Derby County and Aberdeen alongside his current role and is now assistant manager at Highland League outfit Formartine United. Jevan's uncle Paul Lawson is the manager at United just now and also enjoyed a good playing career playing at Celtic, Motherwell and Ross County.
Russell's manager whilst on the books at Derby County was Nigel Clough.
Jevan started off his youth football career at Banks O'Dee Albion 2000 age group and won a clean sweep of trophies up until Under 15s level before he made the switch to join the youth academy at Aberdeen FC. Unfortunately for Anderson, he got released by Aberdeen at Under 17s and was swooped up by Formartine United under Kris Hunter. Anderson also reached the Scottish Cup semi-finals with Albion, however a 1-0 defeat curtailed the teams progress.
The Highland League proved to be a stepping stone for Jevan with a number of good performances catching the eye of a few English Clubs, with the tall defender also going on trial at Fleetwood Town.
I watched Anderson a number of times in his younger days at Banks O'Dee Albion and recall he was a stand-out player back then. The Banks O'Dee Albion 2000 age group was a special team and when I look back at when they started competitive football, Jevan was always one who caught the eye and got a number of player of the match performances in his three years as a Juvenile player.
I wasn't surprised when I heard Jevan was off to Aberdeen after Under 15s, getting released from Aberdeen at Under 17s would have been a set-back for him, however the two years with Formartine has certainly been a stepping stone for him and he has shown what he is capable of in the Highland League during the last few years.
Jevan follows a number of players from the ADJFA who have got big deals in professional football recently, Bruce Anderson, ex Dyce BC forward is now within the 1st team set-up at Aberdeen FC alongside former Dyce BC goalkeeper Archie Mair who signed for Norwich City last week having formerly been with the Dons.